New Skilled Worker Point System For Canadian Permanent Residence in 2013

The Federal Skilled Worker Program was suspended this year, but it is expected to re-open in January 2013. When it re-opens, meaning when the government begins accepting applications again, there will be some changes to the points system. These changes were expected to be announced in October, but that was delayed. However, the government has already mentioned some of the things they want to change when the Skilled Worker Program re-opens next year. 

The Skilled Worker Program is a pathway to permanent residence in Canada, and applicants qualify based on a points system. For meeting specific criteria, they earn “points”. To pass, they need 67 points out of 100.

Changes to the Skilled Worker Points Program

Right now, points for the Skilled Worker Program are for different criteria like language, work experience and education. While the point criteria will mostly remain the same, certain things will have more importance.

For example, the government of Canada is expected to put greater emphasis on the age of the applicant (more points for youth), their language proficiency in English or French, their work experience in Canada (as opposed to work experience elsewhere) and the applicant’s spouse’s language skills.

In addition, the government is expected to create a better way to verify foreign credentials and qualifications while also implementing a separate skilled trades stream.

We will blog about the new points system as soon as the government confirms the changes, but if you plan on applying as a Skilled Worker when applications are accepted, these are some things to consider.

If you want to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, please contact our immigration law firm. We can help you determine if you qualify, and assist you in your application.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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